Leeds United went out two goals to nil at League Two Rochdale in the FA Cup, with the players leaving the pitch to boo's and chants of 'this is embarrassing'
In what proved to be an unexpected afternoon, League Two Rochdale played Championship Leeds United off the park and ultimately condemning the West Yorkshire side to defeat.
There was very little positives for Brian McDermott to focus on, as the best player for the away side was Paddy Kenny, who had to be on form to stop it becoming a mauling. The back three were the main culprits in the defeat, providing disgusting distribution to the midfield and attacking players, showing poor organisation and preparation and ultimately failing to deal with the Rochdale front line. However, they can't take all the blame as they were accompanied by an uninspiring midfield and a frustrated front line.
Here is how we rated the efforts of the Leeds United players in their game at Rochdale.
Paddy Kenny - 7
Every cloud has a silver lining, and for Leeds United that was experienced goalkeeper Paddy Kenny. The former Sheffield United man had to be at his best to keep out Rochdale on a number of occasions and could do little about the two that slipped past him.
Jason Pearce - 3
Booked in the first half, and never in the game. As one of Leeds United's biggest failures on the day, the 26-year-old proved useless with his disorganised panicked defending and incredibly inept distribution. Brian McDermott will no doubt be pointing out the errors in his game during the next couple of days.
Marius Zaliukas - 4
The best out of a bad bunch, a very bad bunch. The Lithuanian central defender at times had to carry the two players next to him, with his attempts to organise them falling on deaf ears. Although, he was the best out of the three - he was still at fault for major incidents and should have done much, much better against League Two opposition.
Scott Wootton - 2
The former Manchester United player was perhaps the worst player on the pitch, showing at times pub standard football distribution and defensive positioning that would have had coaching staff at Leeds holding their head in their hands. Another one that I suspect will come under-fire of Brian McDermott's hairdryer treatment.
Danny Pugh - 4
The former Stoke City utility player proved somewhat uninspiring for Leeds United, offering very little substance and final product. Despite not being one of the worst players on the pitch, it has to be said that nothing he did really left an impact on the game and you could be forgiven, if not for the booking that he was even there.
Luke Murphy - 5
A very good challenge late in the second half being the highlight of his performance, the former Crewe man also turned in an uninspiring performance. The good parts of the midfielders game wasn't there and he was completely dictated by a Rochdale midfield, that shouldn't have even got close to him.
Rodolph Austin - 4
A very dull performance, which involved erratic passing and complete lack of concern for positioning. The usually instrumental Leeds midfielder turned in his worst peformance of the season and like Murphy was completely dominated in the middle of the park.
Lee Peltier - 3
Incredibly bland peformance, void of any creativity or ideas. Although the player may not be widely known for his attacking threat, you would have thought that he had more in his locker than half-hearted hopeful crosses in the box that 90% of the time were nowhere near their intended target.
Ross McCormack - 6
The instrumental Scottish forward must have been left ridiculously frustrated at the lack of service, and although he didn't have his best of days still looked to be Leeds United's main threat going forward. He came close on a number of occasions including a spectacular effort for an equaliser that was just wide of the top right hand corner.
Matt Smith - 7
The former Oldham cup hero couldn't recreate the magic moments like he did for Oldham against Everton and Liverpool for Leeds United. And despite being Leeds United's most 'useful' outfield player, his input wasn't good enough for the players around him to capitalise on.
Sam Byram - 6
Leeds United's player of the season provided a performance that screamed quality, but lacked substance. Showing some very neat touches and quality on the ball, he struggled to offer more of a threat but that was largely down to the poor service from his team mates. But a nearing fully fit Sam Byram will be one of the very few highlights for Leeds United fans to take away from the game.
All in all, it was an incredibly poor performance from one of the Championship's supposed promotion contenders. A very quick and vast improvement is needed for their next game against Sheffield Wednesday, otherwise it could be another year of disappointment for the Leeds United faithful.
Hopefully for Leeds United fans a few more faces will now become a much bigger priority.
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